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The Laurier Stedman Prize is one of the richest writing contests for high school students in the entire world. It is funded by a gift from Brantford’s Mary Stedman and administered by the English program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Laurier’s Brantford campus.

The inaugural Laurier Stedman Prize for young short fiction writers was awarded in early 2018, and the contest was a huge success.

A second round of the prize competition has been approved for the 2019/20 school year, but stories written in the 2018/19 year will be eligible, so keep writing, and in fall of 2019, get those stories to your English teacher!

How It Works

The contest is open to secondary school students in the catchment area of the Grand Erie or Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.

This contest is for student works that are:

  • original
  • unpublished
  • short, fictional narratives of 1,500 words or less
  • written in English

How to Participate

If you're a student at a participating high school, talk to one of your English teachers to get started. Eligible students submit their stories to the contest’s teacher coordinator at their high school. Your school will choose a maximum of four stories to enter in the contest.

All entries will be evaluated by juries administered by faculty members of Laurier’s Brantford campus. A jury made up of authors, local politicians and university administrators will evaluate the finalists. The winning story will be published on the university website (check out the 2018 winner, Abby Traina from BCI's The Lechton Wanderer). Be sure to check out the contest rules section for more details.


Prizes will be given to the top three original short story submissions. All contest entrants will receive a participation prize.

  • First place (one awarded): $3,000 cash prize
  • Second place (two awarded): $2,000 cash prize
  • Third place (three awarded): $1,000 cash prize

Contest Documents

Email to request any of the following documents:

  • author guidelines
  • consent and disclosure form
  • Laurier Stedman Prize poster (for print)
  • Bachelor of English at Laurier poster (for print)
  • Bachelor of English at Laurier postcard (for print)

Media and Educators Contact Us:

Laurier Stedman Prize


Ken Paradis, Laurier Stedman Prize Coordinator 2019/20


Students in Grand Erie or BHNCD school board high schools, ask your English teacher about how you can participate in the contest.


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